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It has long largely been the realm of fictional secret agents. Some vendors have taken their crack at one, only to crash and learn. But based on several popular pitches on crowdfunding web sites, and ...

It has long largely been the realm of fictional secret agents. Some vendors have taken their crack at one, only to crash and learn. But based on several popular pitches on crowdfunding web sites, and rumours coming out of a Silicon Valley giant, the time may finally be right for a gadget long awaited by geekdom worldwide: the smart watch.
This week, we look at several smart watches already on the market, and the rumours coming out of Cupertino about what may be the next big thing.

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  • Are we finally ready for the smartwatch?It has long largely been the realm offictional secret agents. Some vendors havetaken their crack at one, only to crash andburn. But based on several popular pitcheson crowdfunding web sites, and rumourscoming out of a Silicon Valley giant, thetime may finally be right for a gadget longawaited by geekdom worldwide: the smartwatch.This week, we look at several smartwatches already on the market, and therumours coming out of Cupertino aboutwhat may be the next big thing. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net By Jeff Jedras
  • PebbleAfter inPulse was unable to attractfinancing through traditional channels, itrebranded as Pebble and turned to crowdfunding instead to get its smartwatch tomarket. Nearly 69,000 pledges and over$10 million later, they had their fundingand the most successful Kickstarterproject to date.Launched at CES 2013, the Pebble E-PaperWatch can display messages from anAndroid or iOS smartphone viaBluetooth, and also includes a GPS andthe ability to run apps for music, cyclingand other activities. It’s priced at US$150.
  • CookooThe Cookoo Smart Watch also beganas a Kickstarter project. It has moreof a traditional watch look but, via aBluetooth connection to your iOS orAndroid smartphone, alerts you tophone calls, e-mails, instantmessages and texts, and when it’stime to charge your phone.And it will tell you the time, too. It’spriced at US$129.99, or $249.99 for alimited edition green model.
  • MotoactvThe Motoactv smartwatch didn’t needcrowd funding to get off the ground – it’san initiative of telecom giant Motorola.The size of a Post-It Note and as thick as apencil, the Motoactv is actually marketedmore as a fitness tracking tool, but it alsoincludes GPS, fitness apps, a clock, a musicplayer and Bluetooth connectivity.Android users can use the latter not only toget notifications from theirsmartphone, but to take calls as well.
  • Sony SmartWatchThe Sony SmartWatch is a 1.3” OLED multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display thatdisplays 128 X 128 pixels in 16 bit colour.It looks like just another digital watch, but itcan also connect to an Android smartphonevia Bluetooth and display Twitter feeds, textmessages and other information, such as e-mail and Facebook messages.It also offers call display – perhaps saving youfrom fishing your phone from your pocket ifit’s someone you are dodging – as well asbattery status. It’s priced at US$149.
  • Apple’s next big thingWith its incredible growth tapering offand critics complaining that nothinginnovative has come out of Cupertino inyears, rumours abound that Apple maybe working on its next big thing: a smartwatch.The cat is somewhat out of the bag –press reports confirm Apple has filedwith the U.S. Patent and TrademarkOffice for what it’s calling a “Bi-stableSpring with Flexible Display” and whateveryone else is calling the iWatch. Whilethe filing doesn’t use the word “watch” itdoes mention a flexible display and acommunication link to a portable device.